A keloid scar is an overgrowth of collagen. There are three types to this scarring; Type III is the early stage, type II is the middle stage and type I is in the late stage of the scar developing. These scars can develop over a healed skin injury and feel like a firm, shiny, rubbery nodule. Keloid scars also varies in color from pink to skin-color, to a red or dark brown tone. Keloid scars are not contagious.
Causes of a Keloid Scar:
Keloid scars are commonly caused by skin injuries to include:
- Acne scars
- Chickenpox scars
- Ear piercings
- Surgical sites
Symptoms of a Keloid Scar
Symptoms of a keloid scar include:
- Severe itchiness
- Changes in texture
- Can affect movement of skin
Treatment for a Keloid Scar
Prevention is the best treatment. If you know you are predisposed to this type of scarring, it is wise to avoid activities that can cause damage to the skin. If the scar occurs, external beam radiotherapy has shown a 90% success rate. Other treatments include a steroid shot underneath the scar or cryotherapy which freezes the keloid scar.
How ASTR can Treat a Keloid Scar
Advanced Soft Tissue Release (abbreviated as ASTR) is a new manual therapy specialty that is revolutionizing the way patients experience long-term pain relief. ASTR treats pain in a gentle, effective, and natural way by releasing scar tissue, trigger points, and fascia restriction. ASTR’s patented tools assist in releasing and removing scar tissue, and ASTR clinicians are trained in effective techniques that do not cause additional pain or stress to the patient’s body. Learn how ASTR can help you or watch testimonial videos from patients who experienced pain relief through ASTR treatment.